Besides our amazing onscreen talent, The Other Side boasts an impressive television crew that helps capture these delicate, intense and sometimes scary moments of interaction with the spirit world.
Jennifer Podemski – Producer
Jennifer Podemski is an award winning, Gemini nominated actress and producer born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Since beginning her professional career at the age of 14, Jennifer has achieved great success as an actor in film, television and theatre. Best known for her roles in Bruce McDonald’s acclaimed feature film Dance Me Outside, CBC’s The Rez and Riverdale, Jennifer has maintained a presence in front of the camera for more than 25 years. Since 1999, she has spent most of her time working behind the camera as a producer, writer and director. First, as Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Big Soul Productions, an aboriginal owned and operated production company that she founded with Laura Milliken. In 2005, Jennifer branched out on her own and founded Redcloud Studios, an independent production company that she currently runs from her home office in Innisfil, ON.
Wally Start & Bob Crowe – Producers
After successful careers in law and production/post, Bob Crowe and Wally Start opened Angel Entertainment Corporation in the spring of 2000. They quickly began producing Spirit Creations (26 episodes documentary), and In:Culture (13 episodes of variety and performing arts) for APTN and SCN.
In 2005 Angel shifted its focus to dramatic production and has since produced four feature films: the sci-fi horror Shadow Puppets (starring James Marsters of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, Jolene Blalock of “Star Trek Enterprise”, and Tony Todd of “Candyman”); the dark psychological thriller Stained (starring Tinsel Korey of “Twilight”, Sonja Bennett of “Elegy”, and Steph Song of “Smallville” and which was showcased by Telefilm at Cannes 2010); Empire of Dirt, which premiered at TIFF 2013; and Big Muddy (Nadia Litz, Rossif Sutherland, James Le Gros), which premiered at TIFF 2014.
On the television front, and during the same time period, Angel produced two seasons of Rabbit Fall, a supernatural crime series set in a remote northern town, for Space, APTN, VisonTV, and SCN. The series enjoyed much success, receiving DGC nominations for Best Dramatic Series and a Gemini nomination for Best Actress for Andrea Menard.
In 2012-2013 Angel returned to factual production with 13 episodes of its paranormal documentary series, The Other Side (APTN, VisionTV) which aired in January 2014. Season 2 of The Other Side aired on APTN on Halloween in 2015. Season 3 of The Other Side aired on APTN in October 2016.
They also own Bamboo Shoots Inc., a commercial and post-production house with 35 employees, with offices is Saskatoon, Regina, and Calgary. Bamboo produces and delivers more than 20 hours of broadcast television every month, as well as high end commercials and cutting edge corporate video. With the only 8 camera HD broadcast truck in the province, and a full complement of editing facilities, Bamboo Shoots has quickly become the leading production/post providers on the prairies.
Sadly, Bob Crowe passed away suddenly in December of 2017. His vision and legacy will continue to be carried on by Wally Start, and the employees of Angel Entertainment and Bamboo Shoots.
Saxon deCocq – Director
When Saxon isn’t working with commercial clients, he keeps busy by writing, directing and editing his own short films. Saxon’s most recent short film, The Invincible Sgt. Bill, aired on CBC in the spring of 2017. Over the last two seasons Saxon has had the privilege to travel across Canada directing a number of episodes of the nationally broadcasted TV series, The Other Side.
Francis Laliberte – Director
Francis Laliberte is a Media Artist of Cree decent who started work writing, directing, and editing videos that addressed the topics of Suicide Prevention, Addictions, and Healing. Three of his short films have won 5 film festival awards.
He has experience in movies, TV and commercials as a Production Assistant, Grip, Digital Imaging Technician, Assistant Director, and Director.
Francis started as a Production Assistant and Grip during The Other Side season 3 and has directed 12 episodes and AD’d 11 episodes of The Other Side seasons 4 and 5.
Luke Hutton – Director
Whether as a Director, Editor, DP or Writer, Luke has been crafting award-winning visual stories for nearly 2 decades. He is a graduate of the the University of Southern California’s world-renowned School of Cinema-Television and his directing credits include series drama, series documentary, long form broadcast documentaries, music videos, museum installations, reality TV, and TV ads. In addition to his work in the field Luke is currently a full time professor of film production and screenwriting at Niagara College where he helps a new generation of filmmakers craft award-winning work.
How The Other Side Changed My Life
Many of our team had transformative experiences during the shooting of Season 1. The cast and some of the crew talk about the ways being a part of this TV show affected them: